1. Valiant Shield 2014 Comes to Successful End

    The fifth iteration of Valiant Shield came to a close in Guam Sept. 23 after nine days of joint air, land and sea interoperability training between the Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Army.

    USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) launches a vertical launch anti-submarine rocket from its forward launchers during Valiant Shield. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Beverly J. Lesonik)
  2. Navy Bids Farewell to Penniman

    Rear Adm. Russell “Feet” Penniman retired after 35 years in the Navy during a ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island, Sept. 20.

    Adm. Harry B. Harris, Jr., left, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, congratulates Rear Adm. Russell S. Penniman during Penniman’s retirement ceremony at Naval Air Station North Island. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jason Baird)
  3. Gold Anchors Grace Collars of New Chiefs at JBPHH

    Following six weeks of training, 32 Sailors assigned to various Hawaii commands received their gold anchors, chief combination covers and joined the Chiefs Mess during a chief petty officer pinning ceremony Sept. 16.

    Newly pinned Chief Petty Officers from Navy Region Hawaii stand in formation following a chief pinning ceremony held at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Tiarra Fulgham)
  4. U.S., Canada, Japan to Conduct Exercise off Southern California

    Royal Canadian Navy, Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and U.S. Navy ships will participate in a Task Group Exercise off the coast of Southern California Oct. 20-31.

    (U.S. Navy file photo/MC3 Jess Lewis)
  5. NAACP Honors Military Leadership on Pearl Harbor

    Yeoman 1st Class Latoya Calvin received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Inspirational Leadership Award Sept. 13.

    Adm. Harry Harris Jr., commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, poses with Yeoman 1st Class Latoya Calvin after she received the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Inspirational Leadership Award. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Brian Wilbur)
  6. U.S. Joint Forces Sink Former USS Fresno During Valiant Shield

    Ships and aircraft sank the decommissioned former USS Fresno (LST 1182) as part of the exercise Valiant Shield 2014, Sept. 15.

    USS Stethem (DDG 63) fires a Harpoon missile during a sinking exercise Sept. 15 as part of exercise Valiant Shield. (U.S. Navy/MCSN Alonzo M. Archer)
  7. Valiant Shield Exercise Kicks Off in Pacific

    More than 18,000 joint force service members from 30 units, including 200 aircraft and 20 ships are taking part in the exercise which began Sept. 15 in and around Guam.

    PHILIPPINE SEA (Sept. 15, 2014) The guided-missile destroyer USS Mustin (DDG 89) fires two SM-2 missiles during exercise Valiant Shield 2014. Air and sea units from the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force participated in the sinking exercise of ex-USS Fresno (LST 1182) to gain proficiency in tactics, targeting and live firing against a surface target at sea in conditions that couldn’t be simulated otherwise. (U.S. Navy/CS2 Fidel C. Hart)
  8. Future USS America to arrive in San Diego

    The Navy's newest amphibious assault ship, the future USS America (LHA 6), is scheduled to arrive at its new homeport of San Diego Sept. 15 to make preparations for formal commissioning.

    The future USS America (LHA 6) transits the Pacific Ocean en route to its San Diego homeport. (U.S. Navy/MC2 Jonathan A. Colon)
  9. U.S. Pacific Command Forces Come Together for Valiant Shield 2014

    Over 18,000 U.S. Pacific Command personnel will participate in the exercise, scheduled for September 15-23.

    In this June 18, 2006 file photo, 14 ships and 17 aircraft
        participated in a joint photo exercise prior to Valiant Shield 2006.
        (U.S. Navy/PH3 Jarod Hodge)
  10. George Washington Continues Patrol in Indo-Asia-Pacific

    The U.S. Navy's forward deployed aircraft carrier departed Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan, Sept. 2, for operations in U.S. 7th Fleet.

    In this file photo, USS George Washington (CVN 73) returns to Yokosuka, Japan, Aug. 8 following a Western Pacific patrol. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Liam Kennedy)

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